Nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans who logged their preferred fixes to the state’s nearly $6 billion budget deficit chose a balanced approach of spending reductions and tax increases, according to a report of the results released today by MyMNBudget.com, a collaboration between the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and Flaherty Hood.
Nearly a quarter of respondents would fix the budget gap solely with tax hikes, and just 12 percent would close the deficit by spending cuts alone. The top targets for tax increases were liquor sales, expanding the sales tax base, income taxes and cigarette taxes. The most popular targets for spending decreases were the Legislature itself, the governor’s office, campaign financing and the Department of Revenue.
Nearly 500 budget suggestions were included in the report, and 275 provided party affiliation: 31 percent were Democrats, 30 percent were Republicans and 39 percent were independent or non-party voters.
While the report offers a glimpse into what survey-takers might think should be done about the budget, the report cautions against extrapolating too much about voters from the results, since it’s based on voluntary submissions rather than scientific polling and surveying.